‘I am sur­viv­ing on 25% of my liver’

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Ac­tor Amitabh Bachchan, who met with a deadly accident while he was shoot­ing for his film Coolie (1983), ad­mit­ted to suf­fer­ing from Hep­ati­tis B from a blood trans­fu­sion he re­ceived while in hos­pi­tal. The ac­tor says that he has been func­tion­ing on 25% of his liver ever since.

The accident left Amitabh with a rup­tured spleen which caused in­ter­nal bleed­ing. His con­di­tion was crit­i­cal for a week. “Al­most 60 col­lec­tive bot­tles of blood was pumped into me dur­ing my accident in Coolie... one in­fu­sion was car­ry­ing the dreaded virus Aus­tralian anti­gen Hep B... it re­mained in my body and si­lently ate up my liver... took away 75% of it un­til dur­ing a rou­tine ex­am­i­na­tion in the mid 2000s, say around 2004 or 2005, it was dis­cov­ered... I am now sur­viv­ing on 25% liver,” the ac­tor, who is the Unicef am­bas­sador for Hep­ati­tis B aware­ness pro­gramme, posted on his blog.

Bachchan added, “(I was) un­der con­stant med­i­ca­tion and be­ing la­belled as a Chronic Cir­rho­sis of the Liver con­di­tion... a con­di­tion nor­mally de­scribed for alcoholics... but as all know, I do not drink !!” How­ever, the 73-year-old says this has not de­terred his spirit. “But I live and work and play and act and con­duct nor­mal fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties... aware­ness and timely de­tec­tion has done it for me,” he says.

PHOTO: SHAKTI YA­DAV

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